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Using Technical Theater to Teach Students with Disabilities

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Not only can the magic of theater entertain us, but it can also be used as a teaching tool for students with special needs. From teaching social skills and recognition of facial expressions to building responsibility and teamwork, theater arts has something for nearly everyone whether they prefer to be backstage or on-stage. While “theater therapy” has primarily focused on using acting, this still leaves another portion of the theater world which has not been considered when teaching students with special needs.

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Not only can the magic of theater entertain us, but it can also be used as a teaching tool for students with special needs. From teaching social skills and recognition of facial expressions to building responsibility and teamwork, theater arts has something for nearly everyone whether they prefer to be backstage or on-stage. While “theater therapy” has primarily focused on using acting, this still leaves another portion of the theater world which has not been considered when teaching students with special needs.

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Stream A: Curriculum Dialogues

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Using Technical Theater to Teach Students with Disabilities

Stream A: Curriculum Dialogues

Not only can the magic of theater entertain us, but it can also be used as a teaching tool for students with special needs. From teaching social skills and recognition of facial expressions to building responsibility and teamwork, theater arts has something for nearly everyone whether they prefer to be backstage or on-stage. While “theater therapy” has primarily focused on using acting, this still leaves another portion of the theater world which has not been considered when teaching students with special needs.